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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has found probable cause that the sinking of a tourist boat on a Missouri lake last month that killed 17 people “resulted from the misconduct, negligence, or inattention to the duties” by the captain of the boat, according to a court motion filed Wednesday by federal prosecutors.

The U.S. attorney’s office also said in the motion that the captain of a second duck boat that made it safely to shore when the storm kicked up on Table Rock Lake near Branson on July 19 acted in a “grossly negligent manner.” The filing doesn’t elaborate on those findings.

The article goes on to state the following:

Three federal lawsuits have been filed in the Western District of Missouri against the duck boat operators, including Ripley Entertainment, which owned the Ride the Ducks attraction at the lake.

The article further reports:

Prosecutors say their investigation involves people named in the lawsuits and others, including Capt. Kenneth McKee, who was piloting Stretch Boat 7, which sank, and Capt. Barry King, who was piloting Stretch Duck 54, which made it safely to shore. McKee didn’t immediately reply to a call seeking comment. A woman who answered King’s phone said he had been advised not to talk to the media.

In the lawsuits, attorneys contend the duck boat operators ignored weather warnings that day and had long ignored consultants and others who said the boats’ design was dangerous and should be changed.

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